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Scott Brown calls on Todd Akin to quit after ‘legitimate’ rape remark

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Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown on Monday called on his party’s Missouri Senate candidate to drop out following his claim that women who were victims of “legitimate” rape could not get pregnant.

“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong,” Brown said in a statement. “There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”

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During an interview with a local TV station over the weekend, Akin had been asked if his extreme anti-abortion views applied to cases where the woman had been raped.

“It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where—if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.

Although Akin later insisted that he “misspoke,” Republicans quickly condemned the remarks.

“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told The National Review. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

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Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) said that he also found Akin’s comment “offensive and reprehensible.”

But Republican strategist Karl Rove avoided repudiating Akin and quickly changed subject when he was asked about it on Fox News on Monday.

“Let’s see how it plays out here,” Rove told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. “He’s got some real explaining to do.”

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Update (11:30 a.m. ET): Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin suggested that Republicans should reconsider Akin’s nomination.

“There’s no sugar-coating or whitewashing this. It wasn’t a ‘gaffe.’ It was ignorant, garbled nonsense,” Malkin wrote. “The question for Republicans in Missouri is whether sticking by self-inflicted-wounded Akin is more important than securing a U.S. Senate majority.”

Update (2:15 p.m. ET): New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson (R) called on Akin to withdraw.

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“As a woman and a mother, I found Representative Akin’s comments this weekend to be sickening and deeply offensive. There is no such thing as ‘legitimate rape.’ His remarks undermine his ability to command the respect necessary for leadership and he should step aside,” Wilson said in a statement.

Update (3:15 p.m. ET): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Akin’s comments “another manifestation of the total disregard and disrespect of women by Republican leaders.”

“Unfortunately, this attitude is nothing new,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Congressman Akin has already joined Congressman Paul Ryan and other House Republicans in co-sponsoring a bill to weaken the definition of ‘rape.’ It is almost impossible to believe that any political leader would suggest that any case of rape is ‘legitimate.’ The fact remains: Congressman Akin’s offensive comments are simply one more part of the Republican attack on women’s health.”

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“Republicans are true to their nature – maintaining a low opinion of the rights critical to the health and security of America’s women. Americans were shocked earlier this year when Republicans would not even let a woman testify on key women’s health issues. Congressman Akin’s reprehensible remarks are inexcusable; the legislation he is co-sponsoring is disgraceful; and both must be condemned by leaders regardless of party.”

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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